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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 22, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, director, nurse

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Described by Entertainment Weekly as "the hands-down best (talk show) guest in America," Chicago comedy veteran Bonnie Hunt wore a number of creative hats in Hollywood before outdoing EW's compliment to become the creator and host of her own talk show, "The Bonnie Hunt Show" (Syndicated, 2008- ). The irreverent, chatty, daytime outlet proved a good fit for the comedienne whose accessible Midwestern persona and warmth had won over middle American audiences in sitcoms and supporting film roles in wholesome family comedies. Behind the scenes, however, she was a serious and accomplished Hollywood producer, screenwriter, director and the creator of several primetime comedies. With her relatable comic point of view and bubbly gift of gab, audiences came to think of Hunt like a sister or best friend.

Described by Entertainment Weekly as "the hands-down best (talk show) guest in America," Chicago comedy veteran Bonnie Hunt wore a number of creative hats in Hollywood before outdoing EW's compliment to become the creator and host of her own talk show, "The Bonnie Hunt Show" (Syndicated, 2008- ). The irreverent, chatty, daytime outlet proved a good fit for the comedienne whose accessible Midwestern persona and warmth had won over middle American audiences in sitcoms and supporting film roles in wholesome family comedies. Behind the scenes, however, she was a serious and accomplished Hollywood producer, screenwriter, director and the creator of several primetime comedies. With her relatable comic point of view and bubbly gift of gab, audiences came to think of Hunt like a sister or best friend.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Return to Me (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Cars 2 (2011)
3.
 Toy Story 3 (2010)
4.
 We Believe (2009)
5.
 Cars (2006)
8.
 Loggerheads (2005) Cast
9.
 Cheaper By the Dozen (2003) Mary Baker
10.
 Stolen Summer (2002) Margaret O'Malley
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Milestones close milestones

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Had a part-time job as nurse's aide during high school
1982:
Worked as an oncology and emergency room nurse at Northwestern University Hospital (dates approximate)
1984:
Co-founded Chicago improvisational group, An Impulsive Thing, centered at Bob's Bar across from Wrigley Field (date approximate)
1986:
Joined Chicago's Second City comedy troupe
1988:
Feature acting debut, "Rain Man"; first onscreen collaboration with Tom Cruise; still working as a nurse, she took three days off to film her cameo
1989:
Helped form the L.A. offshoot of Second City
1990:
TV series debut, co-starring in the NBC sitcom "Grand"
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Co-starred in the sitcom "Davis Rules" (ABC then CBS), portraying Jonathan Winters' daughter
1992:
First feature in a lead role as Charles Grodin's beleaguered wife in "Beethoven"
1993:
Enjoyed hilariously memorable cameo as White House tour guide in "Dave"
1993:
Created, wrote and co-executive produced (with David Letterman) the TV sitcom "The Building"; despite great critical response, ratings were not stellar; CBS ofered to renew the series if Hunt replaced all of her co-stars (Chicago friends) with more well-known actors; when she refused, the axe fell
1994:
Portrayed Marisa Tomei's best friend in Norman Jewison's "Only You"
1995:
Was Robin Williams' love interest in "Jumanji"
1995:
Wrote, created and co-executive produced (again with Letterman) the TV sitcom "The Bonnie Hunt Show/Bonnie" (CBS)
1996:
Reteamed onscreen with Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire"
1997:
Signed to direct first feature, "Convenience"; project eventually put on hold
1997:
Starred as Fern McDermott, a woman who becomes trapped in a subway exit overnight, in "Fern's Heart of Darkness", a segment of HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground"
1998:
Contributed voice of Rosie (the black widow spider) to animated "A Bug's Life"
1999:
Cast as Kristen Scott Thomas' old friend in Sydney Pollack's "Random Hearts"
1999:
Played Tom Hanks' plain-speaking wife in "The Green Mile"
2000:
Feature directing and co-screenwriting (with longtime collaborator Don Lake) debut with "Return to Me"
2002:
Acted in the "Project Greenlight" winning feature "Stolen Summer"; screened at Sundance
2002:
Starred in the comedy series "Life With Bonnie"; received Golden Globe (2002, 2003) and Emmy (2004) nominations for Best Actress
2003:
Co-starred with Steve Martin in the comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen"
2005:
Reprised role as the matriarch of 12 kids in "Cheaper By the Dozen 2"
2006:
Voiced Sally in the Pixar animated feature "Cars"
2006:
Appeared in Jeff Garlin's feature directing debut, "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese with"
2010:
Voiced the character of Dolly in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
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Education

Notre Dame High School for Girls: Chicago , Illinois -
St Ferdinand's School: Chicago , Illinois -
Second City: Chicago , Illinois -

Notes

"I still have my bad days when I think I'm not getting everything I deserve. But those pass quickly once my mother gets on the phone and says, 'listen, we used to eat rocks and walk 80 miles a day to school.'" --Hunt quoted in USA Today, October 7, 1994.

"TV is a power struggle. It's about actors having more power than writers, writers having more power than producers, etc. Instead of thinking about what's best for the show, more time is spent struggling over power." --Bonnie Hunt to USA Today, August 27, 1993.

"My Dad was like [Jackie] Gleason. He was always at Toots Shor's, even if we were at the Dairy Queen--'Awright!' He would pile us into the car and say, 'We're going out to dinner,' and he would go to the drive-through called Quick Shake on Addison, in Chicago, right by Wrigley Field? We would never get out of the car. He'd pass the burgers back and he's, like, 'You having a good time?' 'Yes, Dad.' Then he'd talk about it for three weeks afterward: 'Remember we went out to dinner? Did you have a good time?' 'Yeah, we had a great time.' Did you tell your friends?' 'Yes, we did, told our friends.' It was very sweet." --Hunt quoted in Premiere, December 1995.

"So, Barry Levinson's telling me, 'Just make sure you hit your mark.' Well, I didn't know what a mark was. I said, 'Yes sir!' Thinking, 'I'm not gonna blow it here. I'm a big actress.' And I do the scene ... and he says, 'You're not hitting your mark!' And I thought, 'Mark? Mark?' And all I could think of was 'On your mark, get set, go!' So I thought, 'Oh!' He wants me to RUN in! I don't know why the waitress would be running, but if Barry Levinson says so ...' And he says, 'Okay. Don't forget to hit your mark! Action!' And I come running in and he goes, 'CUT! What are you doing!?' I said, 'I'm hittin' my mark!' He goes, 'Well, don't worry, your mark's right there. You'll hit it.' And I go, 'Mark! Oh!' I see a piece of tape on the floor! And I go, 'Oh, I'm so sorry! I was just trying something a little different! Thought the waitress was running that day! Busy in the kitchen!' Yeah! Like all of a sudden I'm METHOD! I have TWO lines!" --Hunt on "The Late Late Show" (CBS) c.1993

"When fans holds out Helen's [Hunt] picture for fme to autograph, I usually sign it Linda Hunt-just to make their heads really crazy."-Bonnie Hunt on often being confused with Helen Hunt Biography September 2002

"I've always done things I've been proud of. Is there a better form of success? Maybe there is, where you're more popular. But even in high school that was never my thing."-Hunt

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
John Murphy. Investment banker. Married in 1988.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Bob Hunt. Electrician. Died while Bonnie was in nursing school.
mother:
Alice Hunt. Homemaker. Provided a voiceover as Mom for CBS sitcom "Bonnie" (1995).
brother:
Tom Hunt. Older; played small roles in "Bonnie" and "The Building".
brother:
Keving Hunt. Older.
brother:
Patrick Hunt. Older.
sister:
Carol Hunt. Older; played small roles in "Bonnie".
sister:
Kathy Hunt. Older.
sister:
Mary Hunt. Younger.
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